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in the economy. still to come, the hunt for the hot idea. why venture capitalists are ramping up the search for the next big thing. that's later. but first, why farmers are bracing for higher expenses in 2013. that's next with bill moller. some quiet but very important changes are taking place down on the farm these days. they're prompted by the sky-high land prices that we have seen for the past few years, but also by new technologies and greater efficiencies. these changes are outlined in a report from the federal reserve bank of chicago. david oppedahl is the business economist who compiled the data. why don't you first talk, david, in general terms about these changes and trends? > > agriculture is seeing a lot of activity in the last few years as some of the commodity prices have gone up a lot and you see corn and soybean growing in terms of the ability to grow, but then also as the prices have been higher, the yields are higher in general, but then this last year was a drought year, so that kind of set some momentum back. but overall, the land values have been rising, the efficiencies
and seth them to in our economies is the keys key to success and we're making progress. san francisco unified continues to be the hive urban development are high. we've seen double digit high-grades among our latin and africa kids >> results are being recognized for our achievement we received a federal grab the to bring job training in our mission neighborhood. the supervisor knows about this. these gains are possible because reforms are underway the partnership are in place. for our kids to succeed in this economy we must do more. that's why this year i will propose in my budgeted more resources more than $50,000,000,000 and $25 million for preschool activities. i view education as an be investment not an expense. the folk in the road for many kids and many families the point at which they decide they're though stay in san francisco or leave. you're going to hear me talking about this layoff a lot this year. i want our middle squirrels to courthousess choose the road to success notes the road that leads to trouble or and is the one of the 3 san franciscans who went there know we mu
the broader economy and the republicans acknowledge that but are not ready to go back to the negotiating table right now. >> ken, i guess the other point here is that, you know, if the sequester happens and, for example, in "the washington times" today, they talked about the ripple effect on defense contractors and the thousands of jobs that they are preparing to have layoffs for because of the threat of sequester. i mean, who gets the blame if the economy starts to tank? >> right. well, congress gets the blame more generally and that is what i think is sort of lost here in the jockeying, the positioning and pointing fingers at both sides. we already see historic negative approval ratings for congress. it's only going to get down to both parties detriment. however, i do think the president, by virtue of having this bully pulpit we will see him exercise later this morning and presumely for the next several days, does have a little bit of the upper hand here. i'm not sure if it's quite so much that he can convince republicans to accept additional tax increases as perry suggested is very unlikely
in the local economy by my parts. every person who works on my product is going to raise the price of my product. every hand that touches the unit that i sell, a certain percentage of the company buys this products. every time i go to a vendor to get a part, my costs will increase. my competitor build a similar part for almost a third of what i build a mine. you will take away the factory workers who manufacture my parts. this is all usa jobs. lower the price of gas. back to two bucks a gallon and you won't have to worry about the minimum wage. host: how would an economist pre-minimum wage respond to that caller? guest: you are raising the cost of that worker to that business. that worker will have more money to spend. you can make more profits. you can pass the cost to people who are buying your goods by raising prices. raising the minimum wage has an effect on the economy. the question -- if there is a chance it would raise unemployment or perhaps put a business in the red. host: michelle, tacoma, washington. caller: i just realized our state is one of the higher states with minimum w
in the british parliament as well. >> the outlook is brightening for europe's biggest economy. investor sentiment in germany has surged to a three-year high. >> the index is one of the most closely watched investor confidence surveys. it pulls germany's top 300 financial analysts and is being taken as another sign that the german economy could rebound quickly from a sharp slowdown at the end of last year. on today's market action. german blue chips rallied tuesday to lock in solid gains for the second day running. all correspondence sent us this summary of the trading session in frankfurt. >> for the first time in weeks, traders had a reason to be happy again. stronger than expected zew investor sentiment was even welcomed with applause. after the heavy growth decline in winter, the data indicate a strong comeback of the german economy, driving up the european markets, but the euro was lagging behind because currency traders are already worried ahead of the election, which will take place on sunday. there was high demand for cars shares despite the record low of overall european car sales in janu
idea. the effects on the economy is clear. the economic recovery is being held back by washington. goldman sachs chief u.s. economist out with a new report, saying that the onomy will ntinue to go well below its potential. most consumers obably weren't aware of the hit to their disposable income until they receive their mid-january paycheck. one republican pollster in a new report rights that we have entered a new phase for the dysfunction and paralysis in washington is having a significant impact on how consumers feel about the overall state of the economy and their personal financial situation. the drop in consumer confidence, he says, is directly related to a lack of competence in our current political leaders. consumer confidence has taken a hit, a big one since post-world war ii history. already there is evidence of a slowdown in consumer spending. reports that wal-mart had its wot start to its month in seven years. the payroll tax hikes may be starting to bite. gas prices are up 51 cents in the last two months. prices are up every single day since the middle of january. it i
believe the world economy's improving, that's another area to continue to improve from the equity's side as well. liz: do you believe that, ben? do you believe the economy's improving? >> i do. liz: slightly; right? i don't know why -- i'm not putting on a cheer leading skirt -- >> please, please do. >> it's improving if you're a refiner, right about that. liz: leave it to elliot to get off the cheer leading skirt -- >> killing it, killing it. liz: exactly. ignore this world economy, great conversation, thank you so much. our one and only floor, under the weather, hmos like humana and united health with a great deal of exposure to medicare rates. here's why. rates could go down next year based on what's being said by the center for medicare and medicaid services. peter barnes followed the story from washington. isn't that what people want? rates to go down? >> well, not if you're investing in health insurance stocks; right, liz? health insurance companies, and the industry plans to fight back on some proposedded cuts that would hit something called medicare advantage, the popular hmo ver
again and the word recession is back on the table. good morning, everyone. can our economy handle what's happening at the pump? good question. you've seen it every day for more than a month and they've changed the signs at the gas station and prices have gone straight up. today, triple-a says regular costs 3.74 a gallon. we're closing in on a 50 cent gain just this year. four big population states are at or very close to $4 a gallon already. all right, now shall the impact. every penny that gas goes up takes 1.2 billion dollars from consumer spending, like a tax. and it comes on top of other tax increaseses that cut everybody's paycheck and will slow a weak economy and some say brings recession that much closer. watch out. "varney & company" is about to begin. [ male announcer ] at his current pace, bob will retire when he's 153, which would be fine if bob were a vampire. but he's not. ♪ he's an architect with two kids and a mortgage. luckily, he found someone who gave him a fresh perspective on hisortfolio. and with some planning and effort, hopefully bob can retire at a more approp
, and now soaring utility bills. this is spreading to every fascet of u.s. economy we're told that winter has weeks left, growing signs this evening this keeps up the same could be said of the recovery itself. phil, you follow this, what is going on? >> you know we had everything that could go wrong, go wrong. we had refinery issues, hurricane sandy, and refinery fires, this is around the country, on top of that because of fed fed policy, -- federal reserve policy the price of oil has gun up over $10 a barrel in under a month, that is a recipe for sharply rising prices. neil: normally that stuff creeps up in other areas not good. >> i actually am more amount mystic. -- optimistic, fuel costs represent about 4% of pretax income. i think that the consumer has lost that payroll tax credit, they are still spending they are not increasing it but they are maintaining their baseline. other thing that should bring optimism they are increasing level of nonrevolving borrowing, they are setting themselves up to purchase big ticket items, under the stats, give you a sense there is a left of consumer
' president's day sale on the economy a total bust. tonight the truth on our spending problem. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> there you go. good job. >> four years after the stimulus saved us from depression, republicans are dragging us into recession. >> spending is the problem. >> tonight the facts versus republican fantasy on the economy and the sequester. >> we have had a massive cover-up on the part -- >> but a massive cover-up of what? >> john mccain is at it again. >> do you care whether four americans died? >> retired colonel lawrence wilkerson on the blind republican rage over benghazi. >>> the luvgov is hitting the trail again. >> i'm a bottom line kind of guy. it's going to hurt. >> we'll show you his questionable ad. >>> plus, marco rubio disagrees with his own immigration plan because the president likes it. >>> mississippi finally got around to banning slavery this month. >>> and the oscar-nominated movie "silver linings playbook" is shining new light on treating mental illness. director david o. russell joins me tonight for the conversation. good to have you with u
a gallon. in arlington prices are not nearly that high. >> they should be going down, right? the economy is hurting right now. we cannot afford this. >> a lot of us are frustrated. aaa says the average price for regular stands at $3.74 a gallon. it is a little cheaper in virginia at $3.61. economies. the economists worry along surge in prices could hurt the economy. >> i feel like there is every excuse in the world for gas prices to go up. but one reason for the recent tax hike -- price type might be because of opec. production was cut by about 1 million barrels a day. partly in response to rising oil production and parts of the world, including the united states. >> developments in the investigation on to the carnival cruise ship disaster. the full investigation is expected to take six months. more than 4000 passengers through stranded on that ship for five days in the gulf of mexico after the triumph of power. >> a lawsuit against the university of maryland by the acc appears to be moving forward. a judge has denied a request to have a lawsuit dismissed. it was to force the university
as a result of his absence? >> it's difficult to say whether this nation's economy is suffering because of the absence of chavez, but certainly, it is suffering. i remember the local currency has been devalued by a third and i was speaking to plenty of people who couldn't find rice, butter and flour. there are food shortages and the economy is suffering, whether it is a direct result of chavez, it's difficult to say. but the opposition party and they want -- >> people want to see whether he is fit. we don't know if he is going to make an appearance here. >> that is the scene in caracas. u.n. investigators have found new evidence of war crimes in syria and urging the u.n. security council to allow the international criminal court to investigate. they say both sides in the conflict are guilty of rape, murder and torture and identified seven massacres. they have identified several leaders who ordered the killings. identification is done because both sides are guilty of crimes and we identify on both sides suspects. >> let's hear from beirut. >> they want the international communities to ac
state of the union address, our top priority should be doing everything we can to grow the economy and create good jobs. that is our top priority and it drives every decision we make and it has to drive the decisions that congress and everybody in washington makes over the next several years. that is why it is so troubling that 10 days from now congress might allow a series of automatic, severe budget cuts to take place that will do the exact opposite. it will not help the economy. it will not create jobs. it will visit hardship on a lot of people. here is what is at stake. over the last few years, both parties have worked together to reduce our deficit i more than $2.5 trillion. more than two thirds of that was through some really tough spending cuts. the rest of it was through raising taxes, tax rates on the wealthiest 1% of americans. together, when you take the spending cuts and increased tax rates on the top 1%, it puts us halfway to the goal of four dollars trillion -- $4 trillion in deficit reduction. thomas say we needed to stabilize finances. -- economists say we need it.
for the ratings agencies, tomorrow they come for the banks, and that's the last thing our economy needs. a gallup poll found that consumer confidence in banks is already at an all-time low. that includes the 1930's, when bankers lowered confidence by occasionally landing on consumers. [laughter] and i believe that an investigation will just make things worse. i don't think the banks are in any financial position to reveal what financial position they're in. [laughter] take wells fargo. their recent annual report said that the bank's value is partly based on, quote, "significant assumptions not observable in the market." [laughter] that means the value of the largest capitalized bank in the united states defies observation. [laughter] the human mind cannot perceive it. we dare not look upon it. [laughter] remember what happened to the accountants who opened lehman brothers' books. [laughter] point is, i believe when it comes to our economy, there are things we just shouldn't know. here to know them at me is financial writer and washington bureau chief of the "new york times," david leonhardt. dave
that depend on them, or would they rather put hundreds of thousands of jobs and our entire economy at risk just to protect a few special interest tax loophole that is benefit only the healthiest americans and biggest corporations? that's the choice. >> while the cuts would put the gvt government on a path towards a debt reduction, they are inkrimtat or a lot like a meat clever. it would force the f.a.a. to regularly furlough 4,000 workers a day which accounts for more than 10% of its entire staff. 125,000 families would immediately lose rental assistance putting them at risk of homelessness, and the military's health insurance program would face a $3 billion shortfall, meaning retirees and dependents of active soldiers could lose their coverage. as congress heads into the frantic sprint to the deadline next week, how much influence will president obama have on republicans? a month ago the president signalled he would be doing more outreach towards capitol hill or at least more in-home entertaining. >> personal relationships are important, and obviously i can always do a better job and the
to do a whole host of things that are going to be not crushing the economy at a time when it is very fragile as it is. so there are certain things i think we can agree upon but right now, there is act absolute gridlock. washington is a mess. we need to work together in a truly bipartisan manner as americans first with our backs against the economic wall. we need to do it together and i don't see anything like that happening anytime soon. sandra: so, kevin, senator brown sounds very doubtful right now. maybe the timing is a little bit different this time around? we're days from the deadline of the sequester on march 1st. maybe now the pressure will help something get done and maybe they will take a second look at the simpson-bowles plan number two? >> we can hope so i think really what is going on here that bowles and simpson are tired of, you know, basically being a front for president obama's inaction and so they have come out with a proposal that, you know, sure there is 600 billion more in tax revenues than republicans would like, but it is not that bad of a proposal compared to c
entire economy at risk just to protect a few special interest tax loopholes that benefit the wealthiest individuals and corporations. that's the choice. are you willing to see a bunch of first responders lose their jobs because you want to protect a special interest tax loophole? are you willing to have teachers laid off or kids not have access to head start? or deeper cuts in student loan programs? just because you want to protect a special tax interest loophole that the vast majority of americans don't benefit from. that's the choice. that's the question. and this is not an abstraction. there are people who's livelihoods are at stake, there are communities that are going to be impacted in a negative way. and i know that sometimes all this squabbling in washington seems very abstract. and in the abstract, people like the idea, you know, there must be some spending we can cut. there must be some waste out there absolutely is. but this isn't the right way to do it. so my door is open. i put tough cuts and reforms on the table. i am willing to work with anybody to get this job done. none
again in that area, and then at some point getting towards the summer, if the economy continues to grow, this market is going to move a lot higher from there. i'm a buyer, still a buyer at these lofty levels. >> went through an entire hour without mentioning the "s" word that everybody hates in washington, sequestration, right? >> yes. >> that's coming up march 1st. soon after that a big jobs number coming up, and tomorrow live economic data. >> oh, yeah. >> that could move this market one way or another. >> as the economic data moves, it doesn't move it long term but short term. if the numbers don't come in where we want and the fed comes out with some statement tomorrow afternoon looking to maybe curtail that buying program. there's a lot of things that come out, but i still think they will be short-term moves. >> the market will ignore the bad news and embrace the good news. how cool is clive davis? >> besides warren buffett the only other legend i would shake hands with on the trading floor. >> and we were all thrilled to do that. his book is called "the soundtrack of my life" out t
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. >> these cuts are not smart. they are not fair. they will hurt our economy. they will add hundreds of thousands of americans to the unemployment list. people will lose their jobs. the unemployment rate might tick up, again. >> and that's why democrats, republicans, business leaders and economists they've already said that these cuts here in washington and sequesteration are a bad idea. they're not good for our economy and not how we should run our government. >> congress asks that this plan replace cuts through january of next year, which means, again, we are looking at another replacement plan, something far from a long-term solution to the budget problem. >> this morning we're looking at our area is among the areas that can be hurt the most by. government spending makes up 20% of our economy. defense spending also makes up almost 10% of our economy. >>> and right now, prince william county police are on the scene of a bizarre crime spree that started last night and ended with an suv crashing into a house in woodridge. tony is live on the scene with new developments. tell us what you learned.
surrounding the economy, dow jones has one of the best january in years. if the dow has a great january, oil prices likely will follow. that is what we're seeing. gasoline prices following. not only that, refineries haven't necessarily switched over to summer blend of gasoline but are preparing to do so for the all-out production will bring, not only that, a job in that as well. sandra: i want to challenge you one thing. he said gasoline prices will track the price of oil, but let's throw out the price of oil and gasoline this year. oil prices up year-to-date 4.1% while gasoline prices are up three times that, more than 14%. so gasoline prices are way outpacing the price of oil. >> that happens from time to time. soline prices didn't necessarily go as low as oil prices. this last november. right now a lot of it is a primary bottleneck why prices haven't followed crude oil so closely. we still have that bottleneck in the way causing a spike in gasoline prices, refineries moving production preparing for summer driving season. sandra: the bottom line, oil prices have gone up, we cannot refine a
by the state was a potential death now for the housing and our taxes stopped the growth of our economy. we in this room and many of us working together took on the story changes for our city some of which have vexed for years >> years. i'm proud that together we through innovation and we foerjd our way ahead. to the city commissioners and to the department heads and to our friends in the business, labor you think non-profit and other communities who spent countless hours with us in negotiations and to the great people of san francisco who rewarded us with your support at ballet in san francisco thank you, very much. together we're putting san francisco back on the right track and building a solid foundation for all our residents. my fellow san francisco's we're living in a time of astonishing innovation and unlimited process we're driving that innovation and for or against the future right here right now not just for san francisco but for the whole world. within the lab of our technologies we're developing techniques will will save lives. to our market district we're providing the world w
or would they rather put hundreds of thousands of jobs and our entire economy at risk just to protect a few special interest tax loopholes that benefit only the wealthiest americans and biggest corporations? that is the choice. are you willing to see a bunch of first responders lose their job because you want to protect some special interest tax loophole? are you willing to have teachers laid off? or kids not have access to head-start? or deeper cuts in student loan programs? just because you want to protect a special tax interest loophole that the vast majority of americans don't benefit from. that's the choice. that's the question. and this is not an abstraction. there are people whose livelyhoods are at stake. they are communities that are going to be impacted in a negative way and i know that sometimes all of this squabbling in washington seems very abstract and in the abstract, people like the idea, you know, there must be some spending we can cut. there may be some waste out there. there absolutely is. but this isn't the right way to do it. so my door is open. i've put tough cuts and
shrinks the deficit dpaster than a growing economy that creates good, middle class jobs. that should be our driving focus, making america a magnet for good jobs, ewinning how people with the skills required to fill those jobs. making sure their hard work leads to a decent living. those are the things we should be pushing ourselves to think about and work on every single day. that's what american people expect. that's what i'm going to work on every single day to help deliver. so i need everybody who's watches today to understand, we've got a few days, congress can do the right thing, we can avert just one more washington manufactured problem that slows our recovery and bring down our deficits in a balanced with, responsible way. that's my goal, that's what would do right by these first respond irs, that's what would do right by america's middle class. that's what i'm going to be working on and fighting for not just over the next few weeks, but over the next few years. thanks very much, everybody. thank you guys for your service. >> the president speak once again, restates his positio
last year was. we're about probably 15 more units ahead in what we did last year. i can see the economy is coming back. >> they say that sales are typically brisk on presidents' day because of dealer discounts. a lot of car dealerships use the holiday to launch their spring lines. >>> on the heels of that warm spring-like weather we enjoyed over the weekend, winter has returned for the bay area. prepare yourself for cold and rain as you head out the door. up next. steve paulson is tracking the storm. >>> a very unique dog saves the day. how she was able to pull her owners to safety from a burning house. >>> we're looking at the seen of an injury clash was just cleared and did a little damage to the center divide there on northbound 280 in daly city. we'll tell you how the traffic is still unwinding and what you can do to get around it. mom, i invited justin over for lunch. good. no, not good. he's a vegetarian and he's going to be here in 20 minutes! [ mom ] don't stress. we can figure this out. ♪ [ male announcer ] get the speed to make a great first impression. call today to get u-v
change that perception. let's focus on a reality. by reality i mean economy of our political system. this election has its own economy. the economy as two components. one is an economy of stop, and the other is the economy of extortion. the economy of stop drives us to understand to point to the instability in our government. any system where the tiniest slice of the public dominates in the funding produces a system where a tiny number of americans can effectively block any change. it will always be that or at least almost always be that in the context where some much dependence exists on such a tiny number of participants. it is just a couple thousands who have to band together with these contributions to effectively make it possible that in our structure of separated powers you can block any change. this is an economy that depends on polarization. people point to polarization as the cause. it is an effect. it depends on the dysfunction, because the more dysfunctional the institution is, the easier it is to sell this opportunity to block. this function is the business model, which
to slow the rate of growth on a per capital ya basis to the rate of growth of the economy. in our opinion, that takes about $600 billion to do over a ten-year period. and it does such things as paying for incentives go to pay for quality rather than quantity. it has real cost sharing in there. it happens has mean testing. it has appropriate saving in there in order to take account of, you know, the aging of the population. >> not premium support or vouchers? >> no. we don't think that's something you have to go to in addition to slow the rate of growth to the rate of growth on the economy on a per capital basis. >> simon. >> i just wonder what you and your guests think about whether the ground is shifting on actually getting a deal, on getting something into law. in 45 minutes' time, president obama is going to attempt to pitch the jobs for firefighters over the sequester against further taxing of the rich. he clearly feels that he has greater political freedom in his second term. he has this huge organization attempt to go mobilize outside the beltway and the gop seems very divided. is t
put thousands of dollars per month in the local economy by my --buying my parts. every person who works on my product is going to raise the price of my product. every hand that touches the unit that i sell, a certain percentage of the company buys --country buys this product. every time i go to a vendor to get a part, my costs will increase. my competitor works in china. my competitor build a similar part for almost a third of what i am an american. you will take away the factory workers who manufacture my parts. this is all usa jobs. last point. instead of raising the minimum wage, lower the price of gas. back to two bucks a gallon and you won't have to worry about the minimum wage. i appreciate the opportunity. thank you so much. host: how would an economist pre-minimum wage respond to that caller? guest: you are raising the cost of that worker to that business. on the other hand, that worker will have more money to spend. as a business owner, you can make more profits. you can pass the cost to people who are buying your goods by raising prices. i think that is a little bit of
market, but she worries about long-term ramifications for the economy. >> i'm not so sure how much consolidation is actually good because that to me actually means job losses at the administrative level, factory level and even c.e.o. level. so-- i'm not that worried about the c.e.o.s, but still. >> reporter: this year, as m&a activity heats up, stocks have resisted a much talked about correction. the dow, s&p 500 and nasdaq are all up a healthy amount. investment pro sam stovall says if the majority of deals are cash, as many have been in 2013, it suggests the m&a cycle is just getting started. >> it's later in the cycle when a lot of m&a activity takes place where it's purchased for stock. then companies are basically saying, "we think our stock is overvalued, let's use it while we can to buy the competition." >> reporter: there may be a lot more corporate marriages in the months ahead, but stovall says the stock market still needs to digest its recent gains. >> i think that we could end up seeing a relatively mild correction in prices, something on the order of 5% or maybe more.
continues to face very large economic and budget challenges. let me discuss the economy first, and then i'll turn to the budget. we anticipate that economic growth will remain slow this year because the gradual improvement that we've seen underlying economic factors will be offset by a tightening of federal fiscal policy scheduleed under current law. the good news is the effects of the housing and financial crisis appear to be finally, gradually, fading. we expect that an upswing in housing construction, rising real estate and stock prices and increasing availability of credit will help to spur a virtuous to cycle of faster growth in employment, income, consumer spending and business investment during the next few years. however, several policies that will help to bring down the budget deficit will represent a drag on economic activity this year. the expiration of the two percentage point cut in the social security payroll tax, the increase in tax rates on income above certain thresholds and the cuts in federal spending kennelinged to take effect -- scheduled to take effect next month wil
laid out for republicans. it's not just the economy that will suffer from the looming cuts next week. that's march 1st. national security will as well and it's seriously at risk. >> already the threat of these cuts has forced the navy to delay an aircraft carrier that was supposed to deploy to the persian gulf, and as our military leaders have made clear, changes like this, not well thought through, not phased in properly, changes like this affect our ability to respond to threats in unstable parts of the world. >> governor rendell, i just wonder what you think would be the situation, the scenario, if it comes to this. we pick up our paper some day and the newspaper said, carrier group can't make it to persian gulf for lack of funding. i mean, i just wonder if we're ready to face something -- i don't think we ever faced that in world war ii, in korea, in vietnam. we're unable to fight the wars we're in. >> chris, overall it's an incredibly bad situation for the country, and we can argue over who deserves the blame for this, and there's probably blame to go around, but right now the r
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was president, nothing shrinks the deficit faster than a growing economy that creates good, middle class jobs. that should be our driving focus. making american a magnet for good jobs. equipping our people with the skills required to fill those jobs and making sure their hard work leads to a decent living. those are the things we should be pushing ourselves to think about and work on every single day. that is what the american people expect. that's what i'm going to work on every single day to help deliver. so i need everybody who is watching today to understand we got a few days, congress can do the right thing. we can avert just one more washington manufactured problem that slows our recovery, and bring down our deficits in a balanced, responsible way. that's my goal. that's what would do right by these first responders. that's what would do right by america's middle class and what i'm going to be working on and fighting for, not just over the next few weeks, but over the next few years. thanks very much, everybody. thank you, guys, for your service. >> you're listening to the president del
's get a look at the big picture and how gasoline prices could affect the economy. >> the economic model, gasoline prices, one of the troubles facing consumers in the early part of this year. let's put some numbers on it. $10 a barrel increase is negative 0.2. it's double, that's where it comes from the decline in spending and hit to consumers' pockets and half the impact on total investment according to eia. more to the energy bill and gasoline. consumer pay for both energy commodities, gasoline and diesel and energy services, electricity and natural gas. the gas part, that's the part that's been going up, the biggest part. the smaller piece, the utilities, they have been dock down. that's something of an offset, why the worst case scenarios courtney spun out may not come true. add up uncertainties, high gasoline prices, sequester, payroll taxes, security, growth, that line that goes through the green number, that's the range of forecast. you can see for the first quarter it's the largest, 3% to 1.5%. maybe lower if we get the sequester, payroll tax ends up worse than we thought. it's s
to the increase in spending is bad news for the economy and he's trying to pump every nickel that he can out of public coffers. >> neil cavuto was talking about this the other day, neither the republicans nor the democrats like the so-called sequester and just for our viewers probably know already. 85 billion dollars in spending reductions, i guess. >> right. >> that have pain for both sides. a big defense cut and then cuts to domestic programs, so, the republicans don't like the former and the democrats don't like the latter. so there's plenty of pain there for both sides. but he was talking about the side that look at consternation over 85 billion. we've got 16 trillion going on 17 trillion dollar debt and they can't come anymore close. they're so outraged over this 85 billion about to be cut and can't reach agreement and demand more tax hikes and demand that cuts come from elsewhere. and this doesn't bode well for that 16 going on 17 trillion dollar debt, chris and any leadership, really, from anyone on tackling it. >> well, bowles and simpson are going out and-- >> those are the guys wit
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